Communities United’s Health and Justice Committee was formed when hundreds of community residents and thousands more uninsured patients across the city, were being billed for what should have been free care at area hospitals. Communities United launched a campaign in response to these stories in order to hold non-profit hospitals accountable for the provision of charity care they are required to provide in return for the sizeable tax breaks they receive. CU leaders have continued to organize, demanding increasing access to high quality healthcare for low-income families including undocumented families, removing existing barriers for the most vulnerable populations to access healthcare programs, and investment in mental health in communities and schools.
County-wide efforts led to the passage of the HC3 ordinance in Cook County, expanding healthcare access to over 10,000 low-income uninsured patients in Cook County.
Statewide efforts led to stronger enforcement of charity care laws, Illinois Hospitals are now required to provide information about free or discounted care to all low-income uninsured patients, regardless of immigration status, impacting well over 800,000 uninsured people in Illinois.
If you would like more information on our work to increase access to health care, or if you would like to get involved, please contact Fash Khan at [email protected] or at 773-583-1387.